Music and the weather

Music can help us express how we experience the world around us. I especially enjoy music about the weather! Here is a list I found today of some great songs that reflect the many moods of our natural world (google any one of these to find a video you enjoy!):


Antonio Vivaldi – “The Four Seasons”

Astor Piazzolla – “Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas,” or “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires”

Joseph Haydn – “The Seasons”

Alexander Glazunov – “The Seasons,” Op. 67

Piotr Tchaikovsky – “The Seasons,” Op. 37b

Jean-Baptiste Lully – “Les Saisons”

John Cage – “The Seasons” (1947 ballet score for Merce Cunningham)

James DeMars – Piano Concerto, “The Seasons”

Charles-Valentin Alkan – “Les Mois”

By individual seasons


Robert Schumann – Symphony No. 1, “Spring”

Johann Strauss II – “Voices of Spring,” waltz

Christian Sinding – “Rustle of Spring”

Edvard Grieg – “To Spring”

Igor Stravinsky – “The Rite of Spring”

Ludwig van Beethoven – Violin Sonata No. 5, Op. 24, “Spring”

Richard Strauss – “Fruhling,” from “Four Last Songs”

Benjamin Britten – “Spring Symphony”

John Knowles Paine – “In Spring,” symphony

Claude Debussy – “Rondes de Printemps” for orchestra, from “Images”

Aaron Copland – “Appalachian Spring”

Richard Wagner – “Du bist der Lenz,” from “Valkyrie”

William Bolcom – “Spring Concertino” for oboe and small orchestra


Felix Mendelssohn – “Midsummer Night’s Dream” overture and incidental music

Hector Berlioz – “Les Nuits d’Ete,” song cycle


R. Strauss – “September,” from “Four Last Songs”

Grieg – “In Autumn,” overture

Debussy – “Feuilles Mortes” or “Dead Leaves,” from Preludes, Book II


Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 1, Op. 13, “Winter Dreams”

Franz Schubert – “Die Winterreise,” song cycle

Wagner – “Wintersturme,” aria from “Valkyrie”



Beethoven – Symphony No. 6, Op. 68, “Pastoral”

Gioacchino Rossini – Overture to “William Tell”

Wagner – Prelude to “Valkyrie”

Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 17, Op. 31, No. 2, “Tempest”

Wagner – Opening of “Flying Dutchman”

Giuseppe Verdi – Storm in “Otello”

Vivaldi – Concerto “La Tempesta di Mare”

Berlioz – “Royal Hunt and Storm,” from “Les Troyens,” Act IV


Haydn – “Four Last Words of Christ”


Alfredo Catalani – Opera “La Wally” ends with an avalanche


R. Strauss – opening of “Thus Spake Zarathustra”

Maurice Ravel – “Daphnis et Chloe”

Haydn – Symphony No. 6, “Morning”

Ferde Grofe – “Sunrise,” from “Grand Canyon Suite”


Debussy – “La Terrasse des audiences du clair de lune,” from Preludes, Book II

Debussy – “Clair de Lune” for piano, from “Suite Bergamasque”

Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 14, Op. 27, No. 2, “Moonlight”


Frederic Chopin – Prelude, Op. 28, No. 10, “Raindrop”

Debussy – “Jardins sous le pluie,” from “Estampes” for piano

Grofe – “Cloudburst,” from “Grand Canyon Suite”

Johannes Brahms – Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 78, “Regenlied,” or “Rain Song”


Debussy – “West Wind,” from Preludes, Book 1

R. Strauss – “Alpine Symphony”

Alkan – “Le Vent” and, from Op. 39 Etudes, “Comme le Vent”


Debussy – “Nuages”

Franz Liszt – “Nuages Gris”


Leopold Mozart – “Musical Sleighride”

Debussy – “Footsteps in the Snow,” from Preludes, Book 1

Debussy – “The Snow Is Dancing,” from “Children’s Corner,” for piano


Debussy – “Brouillards,” from Preludes, Book 2